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Gillaspie's 33 leads Monessen, 82-55

| Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent
Laurel Highlands's Tyler Eadie (4) guards Ringgold's Dayshore Majors (2) at the Ringgold High School on Wednesday, December 11,2013.

A year ago, the Monessen Greyhounds waited until their 10th game before tasting victory.

Clintell Gillaspie made sure that wouldn't happen again this season.

Gillaspie exploded for a game-high 33 points, including five three-pointers, as he led the Greyhounds (1-3) to an 82-55 win over Westinghouse in the consolation game of the Mike Rettger Memorial Tournament at Franklin Regional.

“Clintell really had a good game, but I actually thought they all played well,” said Monessen coach Joe Salvino. “This is what happens when you play good defense. We created a lot of turnovers and scored a lot of transition baskets.”

Monessen raced out to a 22-15 lead in the first quarter as Gillaspie scored 15 points.

The Greyhounds upped the lead to 51-28 at halftime with Gillaspie totalling 25 points.

Joining Gillaspie in double figures for the Greyhounds were Javon Brown with 12 points and Tyler Yuille and Lavelle Rush with 10 each.

Westinghouse (0-3) was led by 6-7 Willie James III with 19 points and Khalil Morris with 15.

As a team, the Greyhounds hit 11 three-pointers in the rout.

Salvino said after playing four straight games against Class AAAA schools, he was glad to see his team enjoy a win.

“The kids have worked hard and it was nice to see that work pay off,” he said. “Now we have to realize what works for us and get batter at it.”

Monessen is off until Dec. 16 when the Greyhounds play their home opener against Wilkinsburg.

L. Highlands 50, Ringgold 35

The Rams (1-2) got a game-high 15 points from George Martin in the non-section contest, but it wasn't enough.

The Mustangs (1-3) got 13 points from Michael Hooper, 11 from Nick Lancaster and 10 from David Rusko.

“We didn't shoot the ball real well and, honestly, we haven't been shooting it real well so far,” said Ringgold coach Phil Pergola. “It's going to take a while. It's a work in progress and it will take some time.”

Ringgold opens section play Friday at home with Belle Vernon Area.

Elizabeth Forward 70, Frazier 50

The Warriors (5-0) rolled behind 21 points from George Prota, 11 from Jasano Brooks and 10 from JaQuan Davidson.

Frazier (1-2) got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Charles Manack. Frazier also got 11 points from L.A. Ross and 10 from Roger Cline.

Girls BV Area 59, McGuffey 52

The Lady Leps (2-1) held off McGuffey by outscoring the hosts 23-15 in the fourth quarter.

Kaitlyn Slagus had 19 points, 20 rebounds, three blocked shots and five steals for BVA.

Teammate Meaghan Murphy had 17 points and six rebounds.

McGuffey was led by Sammie Weiss with 17 points and Rachel Czulewicz with 13.

BVA opens section play tonight at Ringgold.

California Area 65, Carrick 47

The Lady Trojans (1-2) picked up their first win as freshman Kylie Huffman scored a game-high 30 points.

Huffman had 16 points in the first half as California Area took a 30-19 lead and then added 10 more points in the third when the Lady Trojans opened up a comfortable 51-29 advantage.

Tristan Conway had 11 points and Jenna Miller 10 for the winners.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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